This week’s photo challenge of weathered prompted these Claremont sightings.

Jax Bicycles Claremont

This is the wall on the side of Jax’s Bicycle Center on 1st Street

This weathered building has had a makeover in the past few months. I prefer the weathered look.

weathered Claremont

Claremont CA



Fredericksburg, Texas

Our path from Austin to San Antonio was not straight. It led us through the Hill Country of Texas and to the town of Fredericksburg. Known for its German heritage, it seemed to us a good place to visit. The main street is quite long and offers plenty of shopping opportunities.

The main park in town is the Marktplatz which has the Vereins Kirche housing the original site of the Pioneer Museum (now across the street). This building served as the town hall, school, fort and church for all denominations.

Vereins Kirche

The Christmas Pyramid was still up in the Marktplatz.

The current Pioneer Museum boasts about 7 windmills outside.

The building on the right says, “Science, Religion, Patriotism.”

Not pictured is the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Someone saw this tractor and had to stop. It is just like the one he learned to drive when he was about 8. He says it’s a lot smaller than it used to be. It is probably still for sale.

Farmall Fredericksburg


Outdoors and Indoors in Austin

The weather was cold and cloudy during our visit to Texas, which limited our outdoor excursions some. The river that runs through town is called the Colorado, but is unrelated to the river that shaped the Grand Canyon and creates the Arizona/California border.

The river is dammed, creating Lady Bird Lake and also flows by Zilker Park, both of which have great trails for running, biking, dog-walking and photography.

On Thursdays the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas is free to all. On cold Thursdays, it’s a great place to hang out.

The LBJ Presidential Library is next to UT Austin.

December 2017 Photo Round-Up

Here’s wishing Claremontography readers a good slide into the New Year!

As usual, there were preparations for Christmas throughout Claremont with parties, baking and decorations.


In lieu of a traditional tree, here is a festive succulent tree.

Succulent Christmas Tree

The semester wound down at the colleges with a CCO concert, the start of the new Pomona College Art Museum, and bike shenanigans (although it is not clear how this bike has been here at CMC).